The new right-wing goverment’s programme is out and it’s official: Kokoomus and Perussuomalaiset have not a drop of humanity in them. And RKP really doesn’t care about anything but the status of Finnish Swedish language in Finland. The fourth party in the new government is Kristillisdemokraatit and I don’t know what they want, but they look happy to be in the fuck-the-workers-and-the-poor government. And they’re supposed to be Christians.
The new government will be driving to make a permanent paradigm shift in several huge areas – cutting economic equality, social equality, labour rights, cripple the unions. Several of the planned cuts affect the same groups of vulnerable people on a level that their constitutional rights will be in jeopardy. I’m one of those people, and I’m in more than one vulnerable group. Because “economy needs to be saved”. And somehow it’s only the wage earners and the poor and sick who can do it.
The new government is actively hostile to vast majority of the nation: the wage earners, the poor, the sick, part time workers and… just in general, anyone who needs any social security benefits either temporarily or permanently to make ends meet because of almost any reason. In addition to cutting many social security and unemployment benefits and labour rights, they’re going to increase taxes on the lowest bracket to the next one (4% increase), so the cost of things like food and medicine will go up because of the tax increase… but they will lower the cost of gas to please drivers and Perussuomalaiset.
There are no planned incentives or beatings to companies to make hiring full time people attractive, or to stop tax evasion or anything else. Not even a mention that companies are the other part of “get a full time job” equation! Or to make the rich take part in “saving the economy” – instead the rich get a tax cut.
I’ve seen numbers like 90% of the people will suffer, and 10% (the richest) will benefit.
The thing is that Sipilä tried to in the same vein in 2015-2019 (Kokoomus and Perussuomalaiset was in government then too along with Keskusta. That government broke Perussuomalaiset apart.) and it was embarrasing how many of their law drafts crashed head first into the constitution, or Finlands legally binding international agreements. I’m hopeful the worst of their attempts will be crash into them again or there will be nothing left of the wellfare state/society by the time they’re done.
All the other parts of the programme suck too, such as the plans for environmental/climate change/green energy, or humanitarian immigration or work based immigration.
There is only one positive thing in their programme and that is the creation of a new single benefit that’d be easier to apply, would combine and cover several of the current benefits such as unemployement, sick leave, parent leave and others. It’d be a step towards universal basic income (UBI), and the base research for that new benefit or at least a re-haul of social security has been in the works for like a decade, with pretty much all social scientists and parties agreeing being necessary re-haul. The problem is that it’s now Kokoomus that will take the lead on it – so the new benefit will likely too much low to be actually useful and will contain control elements unlike the real UBI. Because there’s nothing Kokoomus hates like they hate people who have no money.